Sen. Ali Ndume of Borno South Senatorial District has flagged-off his educational support project with cash support of N20,000 each to 1,100 students of tertiary institutions from poor families.
Speaking at the ceremony on Saturday at the University of Maiduguri, Ndume said the gesture was to complement government in supporting education.
Ndume said the gesture would be expanded to accommodate more students.
He lauded Gov. Babagana Zulum administration for its support to education, adding that there was need for all stakeholders to support the government.
In his remarks, the Coordinator of the Ndume Educational Support, Junaid Jibril Maiva, said beneficiaries were drawn from nine LGAs of the senatorial district comprising Askira/Uba, Hawul, Chibok, Shani, Bayo, Biu, Kwaya-Kusar, Damboa and Gwoza.
Maiva, said that students were selected from each of the 1,100 wards in the constituency.
In their remarks at the occasion, the Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Umar Kadafur who pledged a support of N10m to the programme, and the Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, lauded Ndume for the gesture and urged others to emulate him.
Some beneficiaries who spoke, expressed appreciation for the support which they said would go a long way in supporting their education.